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Ard Hill

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COVID-19 has changed the way we do lots of things we do. We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Panoramic views over picturesque Loch Alsh

A perfect place to stop and stretch your legs on the way to Skye. Drink in the fresh sea air and sweeping coastal views as you follow the gentle low-level trail around Ard Hill. Keep a look out for otters, seals and pods of dolphins in the tranquil waters of Loch Alsh below and buzzards and eagles flying above.

Guide map to the Forests of Lochalsh (PDF 3.1MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Ard Hill Circular

This trail loops through the trees to skirt the coast overlooking Loch Alsh. Look out for otters, seals and pods of porpoise in the tranquil waters below and eagles and buzzards overhead.

Mostly firm, uneven gravel surface. Short earth and grass section may be muddy. Includes some steep slopes.

Moderate
1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

Follow the way-marked route from the car park. Keep a look out for otters, seals and pods of dolphins in the tranquil waters below and eagles and buzzards overhead.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking

There is a hotel and café in Balmacara, a few hundred metres from the entrance to the woods. Otherwise, head to nearby Kyle of Lochalsh for public toilets, shops and places to eat and drink.

Getting here

The turn-off for Ard Hill is on the south side of the A87 between the villages of Balmacara and Kirkton.

Using SatNav?

IV40 8DH is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh/Skye stop at Balmacara Hotel, a 10 minute walk from the forest entrance. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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